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Chapter 9 of Ngugi wa Th’iongo’s novel includes numerous stylistic devices. As the chapter begins, the author employs several rhetorical questions pertaining to the harvest. They are intended to...

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The women in Gikuyu society are portrayed as having very little agency, especially when they are young. The decisions about their bodies (like potential circumcision or pregnancy) are controlled by...

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The theme of conflict is rife throughout the novel The River Between. Many characters and groups are in intrinsic conflict with one another or have personal conflict with other individuals, and it...

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Thiong'o develops multiple themes in the novel The River Between; arguably the most prevalent theme is the difficulty of balancing personal convictions with those of the community. This theme is...

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There are quite a few moments in The River Between in which readers might sympathize with Waiyaki. First, Waiyaki has a great burden placed upon his shoulders from the time he is a child, for his...

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Ngugi wa Thiongo’s The River Between generally explores the coming of the British colonists to Kenya and the cultural clash resulting from the interaction of local and foreign interests. The impact...

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Waiyaki attempts to find a middle ground for the Kikuyu (now Gikuyu) people by drawing on both traditional and European values and customs. His father’s belief in progress has motivated him to...

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Chege's role in this narrative is to give his son, Waiyaki, the charge of fulfilling the prophecy that he received as the seer of his people. An ancient prophecy was received that said a descendent...

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Right from the beginning of the novel, Waiyaki is introduced as a good and obedient young man. He is a boy who has learned a lot from the wisdom of his father, Mr. Chege. However, when Waiyaki is...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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Nyambura is a loving, dutiful daughter to her father, Joseph. She is also deeply conflicted. On the one hand, she wants to remain loyal to her father and the Christian religion he advocates with...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018, 8:11 am (UTC)

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The Kiama is not a person. It is a council of elders,whose brain-child is actually Kabonyi. He was once a convert of christianity, the new religion, but decided to go back to the tradition when the...

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As you might remember, the main characters in The River Between are split between two villages. The Makuyu village is more connected to the West, Christianity, and colonialism. The Kameno village...

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Ngugi wa Thiong'o presents religion as generating a multi-layered web of interactions between traditional and modern approaches in colonial Kenya. Conflicts are unavoidable for those who try to...

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Nyambura is portrayed as a woman frustrated by the lines of religious difference enforced in her community. She is a Christian but resents her overbearing father, and she loves Waiyaki even though...

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To understand the importance of this symbol you might like to think about the various connotations that we have with rain and how it relates to growth, rebirth and nurturing. In the same way, this...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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Proverbs are an almost universal feature of human life. Virtually every nation and every culture on the face of the planet uses these short, pithy sayings that impart general truths. Proverbs are...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2021, 8:07 am (UTC)

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The River Between is a 1965 novel by Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The narrative tells the story of two Kenyan neighboring villages in the Kikuyu community who are pushed further apart due to...

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Ngugi wa Thiongo’s argument in his novel The River Between is about the impacts of external influence (Christian missionaries) on the people of an African village (the Kikuyu tribe of Kenya). The...

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Muthoni and Nyambura are sisters in The River Between, a story about people in Kenya who are torn apart by colonialism. Nyambura and Muthoni belong to a Christian household, and their father,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019, 12:41 am (UTC)

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The primary theme of The River Between, as indicated by title, is unity and division. Ngugi wa Thiong'o portrays the vast rifts within Gikuyu society and the people’s struggles to move past them....

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Waiyaki is nothing if not an idealist. He passionately believes in the transformative power of education and its unique ability to bring about lasting change in people’s lives. Waiyaki is himself a...

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Waiyaki is bullied for not being circumcised by an older boy as both are playing a game based on legends of "the demi." The other boy tells him he cannot play the part of the demi because he is not...

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Early on in the novel, Waiyaki breaks up a fight between two other boys: Kamau and Kinuthia. They are fighting over the reputation of Kamau's father, Kabonyi (a recent convert to Christianity),...

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Waiyaki seems torn- a child of two worlds. Whereas Joshua is "completely sold out” and converted to Christianity, and without any regrets, Waiyaki is not so sure of his attitude or position. He...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Waiyaki, the protagonist of The River Between, would certainly appear to fulfill the basic requirements of a tragic hero, at least as the term normally applies to Greek tragedy. A fundamentally...

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Joshua, as his name suggests, is the character who represents African openness and welcome towards Christianity and unbridled support for the way that Christianity has usurped tribal religion,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012, 5:47 am (UTC)

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The land and river give the Kikuyu a sense of place. This is an ancient landscape where they have lived since time immemorial. The land and river are not just features of the environment, they are...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020, 8:49 am (UTC)

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In The River Between, author Ngugi wa Thiong'o examines how colonialism affects the individual lives and communities of Kenya. In the novel, the protagonist, Waiyaki, attempts to bring a...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Recall that the topical-historical approach to literary analysis centers on the connection between the text and the sociohistorical context in which the author wrote. Consider the themes that...

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In The River Between, "the white man" arrives in the form of Christian missionaries. They impact the land by building schools to educate converts' children. These schools teach the white man's ways...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019, 3:12 am (UTC)

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I feel sorry for Joshua because the writer uses him to express his displeasure with christianity and to criticise the 'holier than thou' attitude showed by some pastors. A father who is so...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012, 12:25 am (UTC)

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One of the most wide-reaching changes that the white European presence brought to colonial Nigeria was Christianity. Ngugi wa Thiong'o shows several different impacts of this phenomenon. One point...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019, 8:35 pm (UTC)

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When reading novels that are set in different cultures, there are often words that English-speaking readers might not be familiar with. Such is the case with The River Between, a Kenyan novel that...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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Community and family play central roles in the novel. The strength of family is shown to be the pillar supporting the community, and erosion of family cohesion under colonialism contributes to the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019, 2:59 am (UTC)

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